Last week, I reviewed Caron Nuit de Noel, a classic perfume that’s very Caron-y but not really Christmas-y (or at least it doesn’t remind me of Christmas). This had me thinking, which perfumes smell like Christmas? I’ve always thought Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguelles, a perfume that reminds me of spicy evergreens and apple cider, is holiday-ish. Etro Rajasthan reminds me of Swedish Christmas cookies. Spicy perfumes like Aramis JHL and Estee Lauder Cinnabar remind me of Christmas firs and dry spices used in baking. As I was thinking about “Christmas Perfumes”, I realized that I was forgetting one that says Christmas as loudly as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: MariaLux Mogadess.
Mogadess opens with a shot of Fireball (Cinnamon Whisky). This is a spicy, hot fragrance with a prominent boozy cinnamon note. As it wears, there’s a gilded orange illuminating the fiery spices. It starts to smell like a spiked cinnamon/persimmon cider (sujeongwa) and chocolate dipped candied orange slices. The dry-down is a warm, comforting blend of woods, spices and incense. This actually reminds me of kyphi, a historic Egyptian incense made with spices like cardamom, exotic woods and resins. I think anyone that has spent time at Midnight Mass, they’d pick up on the church-y incense in this base, which is underneath warm spices and a sweetened amber.
I realized that I often associate “Christmas” smells with commercial products used to market Christmas (i.e. cinnamon, evergreens and oranges). So for something to smell like Christmas, I’m looking for a fragrance that conjure more of the USA commercial/capitalist fantasies than personal memories. Mogadess does this. It’s like all the scents that Bloomingdale’s flagship pipes into the streets during Christmas, but refined and put in a brandy-inspired decanter.
Notes listed include orange blossom, red pepper, bitter orange, strawberry, tagette, rosewood, benzoin, cacao, cinnamon, cardamom, tarragon, sandalwood, olibanum (frankincense), amber and vanilla. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Alessandro Gualtieri
Give Mogadess a try if you like spicy gourmand scents or cinnamon-heavy scents. Or perfumes like Serge Lutens Rousse, Malle Musc Raageur, Nanadebary Bronze, L’Erbolario Méharées, DSH Perfumes Sienna and/or Parfums de Marly Oajan.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
The 2 oz bottle retails for $160 at LuckyScent. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Shot of cinnamon whisky and chocolate covered candied oranges. It’s not something that I’m going to wear frequently but when I want this, I want this. It’s warm, comforting and cozy…think of it like wearing a “feel good” Christmas movie.
Are there any perfumes that remind you of Christmas? What are they?
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